Social Justice Atheist Geekery

Tribalism and Branding Among Groups That Don’t Like Trump

“The Resistance” is not the Democratic Party.

“The Resistance” is not Indivisible.

Indivisible is not the Democratic Party.

“The Resistance,” as it’s commonly referred to, is like Anonymous – there’s no membership rolls, no policy platform. If you say you’re resisting, you are part of “The Resistance.”

There is a Resistance Party that has a platform, but does not seem to be 1:1 with people who consider themselves part of “The Resistance.” I’m not sure if they’ll be running candidates in elections, or if so whether they’ll be running as independents or as Democratic Party candidates.

This has all been on my mind lately as people (who act like they’re speaking for “The Resistance,” whether they’ve actually identified themselves as spokespeople or not) seems to swing between loving and hating the Democratic Party on a week-to-week or day-to-day basis. I think this is because many or most “members of The Resistance” think of themselves as Democrats, and think that “The Resistance” and “Democrats” are (or should be) the same thing.

Realizing that an organization that is not you and your tribe will have different goals and priorities than you do has two effects

  • You don’t feel betrayed when they don’t live up to your expectations
  • You learn to collaborate where you agree, and work independently where you don’t

The Democratic Party has the best interests of the Democratic Party at heart – that’s as it should be. Work with them when you can, work against them when you can’t. Remember that the victory condition isn’t “Democrats beat Republicans” but “elections have fair results, rights are protected” and so on.

Links post for 2018-01-22 to 2018-01-28

Links post for 2018-01-15 to 2018-01-21

  • Jaylen Brown: ‘Sport is a mechanism of control in America
  • When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships
  • Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds – Having grown up in an extremely-Mike-Pence church environment, I feel obligated to point out that the people refusing service on religious grounds are going to be picking-and-choosing from their holy books, or using a personal interpretation of their scripture and their religious leaders’ teachings. For example, I’m a fornicating atheist, but odds are no evangelicals would refuse to participate in my care since I’m not in a same-sex relationship/pregnant out of wedlock. Funny, that.
    Once you say “historical context matters, so some commands are eternal and some are contextual and we have to interpret which are which” if you don’t admit that you’re picking and choosing, you’re not being honest with yourself. (And if you’re honest about picking and choosing, imho you’ll have a much healthier and more engaged relationship with your religion/spirituality)
  • When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally – I really need to get around to my end-of-life paperwork…

“A failed state is a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly”

I don’t want to believe that we’re at a point where the party in power is saying it’s “playing politics” for the opposition to demand they (those in power) do what they (those in power) said they (those in power) would do FOUR MONTHS AGO before they (those in power) get another extension, when they (those in power) have repeatedly delayed and postponed doing the thing that they (those in power) said that they (those in power) would do.

I don’t want to believe that many of my fellow citizens will believe them (those in power, who want a free pass to not do their jobs).

Reality is exhausting.


[Edited to add: quote in the title is from accessed 2018-1-19 2:29pm Central)


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